pusillanimity

[pyoo-suh-luh-nim-i-tee]
noun
the state or condition of being pusillanimous; timidity; cowardliness.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin pusillanimitās. See pusillanimous, -ity

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pusillanimous (ˌpjuːsɪˈlænɪməs)
 
adj
characterized by a lack of courage or determination
 
[C16: from Late Latin pusillanimis from Latin pusillus weak +animus courage]
 
pusillanimity
 
n
 
pusil'lanimously
 
adv

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Example sentences
And therefore much laughter at the defects of others is a sign of pusillanimity.
He afterwards reproached himself as guilty of pusillanimity.
Their example wonderfully inspires us with resolution, and silences all the pretexts of pusillanimity.
Pusillanimity is fear following on the heels of fright like an attendant.
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